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Michigan dry bean numbers released

EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan's 2015 dry bean production is forecast at 5.53 million cwt, an increase of 784 thousand cwt from 2014, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office.

The average yield is 2,030 pounds per acre, up 90 pounds per acre from last year. Growers planted 275,000 acres with dry beans this year, 25 thousand more than last year.

Although some areas experienced drowning of bean fields from excess rain in June, most producers were able to replant their crop. Warm and dry weather conditions in August were near ideal for bean development, but there were some reports of white mold this year, a result of the heavy summer rains.

Nationally, production of dry edible beans is forecast at 29.7 million cwt, up 2 percent from last year. Planted area is estimated at 1.76 million acres, up 2 percent from 2014.

Harvested area is forecast at 1.71 million acres, 2 percent above the previous year. The average United States yield is forecast at 1,743 pounds per acre, a decrease of 10 pounds from last year's yield.